Binocular very well after Irish Champion

Thu 31st Jan 2013, 12:13
Binocular and Tony McCoy
Binocular and Tony McCoy
(Healy Racing Photos)
Binocular is reported to have returned home in good shape following his creditable performance in Sunday's Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown.

The 2010 Champion Hurdle hero was making his seasonal reappearance in Ireland and although he was unable to get near the brilliant Hurricane Fly, he was only narrowly denied the runner-up spot by Thousand Stars.

Nicky Henderson's nine-year-old will now head back to the Cheltenham Festival in March, but will be an outsider to regain his crown.

Frank Berry, racing manager for owner JP McManus, said: "He's come out of the race very well, he travelled back home well and there are no problems.

"Hopefully he'll improve for the run and we can get him to Cheltenham in top form."

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